Posted on Thu 12 Dec 2019 at 13:57 by Louise Henrard
This week was mainly about graduation and encouraging students to register to vote.
Throughout the week, we participated in the academic procession during graduations. Congrats on everyone who graduated.
The week was filled with lots of happiness but I also chatted with some students who felt isolated with the omnipresence of screens around campus livestreaming the ceremonies. Especially for students who might not have family able to attend their graduation due to many different reasons, this is a difficulty. It is something that we did not consider when planning the livestream, so we apologise for any distress caused. Thank you again for the student who brought that to my attention. I talked to the Principal about this issue and it will be fed back for the next graduation ceremonies. As always, if you do have any suggestions on how we can help and do better, send me a message ??
The sabbatical team organised a few stalls in Suttie Centre, the Student Union Building and the Sir Duncan Rice Library to encourage people to register for the upcoming elections.
I had a call with members of the Investment Committee regarding reviewing the Sustainable Investment Policy. It won't meet the Fossil Free Campaign demands for but we are slowly making process.
I attended the Student Council Meeting to go over the motions which were not discussed at the November General Meeting after the loss of quorum. We passed the Meat-Free Mondays Motion (message me if you want to know more!) and decided to move the motion on Butchart Building access for a later meeting.
I gave an update on the democratic review, on the status of ASCN affiliation as well.
I attended a joint meeting with AberGreen, the University Waste Officer, Aberdeen City Council Recycling Officers and the Environmental Reps for trade Unions. We talked about events organising, possible events next semester, reusable sanitary products campaigns and much more.
I shot a video to inform people about the UCU Strikes. I had a meeting regarding a bike scheme which we are hoping to start next semester.
We also had another meeting regarding the Byelaws which are being reviewed due to the Democratic Review. Each sabs has been tasked with several byelaws to work on.
Lastly, the sabbatical team had a meeting with AUSA CEO to review our Induction period in the summer. Some of the things we hope our successors to have is more inductions and meetings with Foresterhill Staff to develop a stronger relationship with the Foresterhill campus. More guidance and training regarding Freshers Week and more thorough handover process. While we are elected on our individual manifesto, we are also mandated to follow policies which might have been started by our predecessors two years ago. We think information getting from one academic year to the other to be essential. That is why we are all working to make regular and accessible updates on the policies passed by Student Council.